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(p. 208) Using Writing Interventions to Support Bereaved Students 

(p. 208) Using Writing Interventions to Support Bereaved Students
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(p. 208) Using Writing Interventions to Support Bereaved Students
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Lysa Toye

and Andrea Warnick

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190606893.003.0015
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date: 01 December 2020

This chapter describes in detail several writing interventions that school-based mental health professionals can use to assist bereaved students in processing their grief. The chapter reviews some of the benefits of using writing to explore, express, and process grief, to support meaning making, and to build and maintain a connection with the deceased person. The strategies that are described, including memory writing, poetry writing, journal keeping, and writing a letter to or preparing a dialog with the deceased person, can be used individually or with groups. Variations are provided for students of all ages. Lists are provided of key considerations and “red flags” that counselors should remember when using writing techniques to support bereaved students.

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